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Teachers and Board Members

Learn about the people that make this community great.

Meet Our Teachers

Our highly trained staff come from diverse teaching backgrounds and have unique interests.

Kara Osberg

Kara Osberg

Director, Co-founder, OG Tutor

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Ms. Kara is the Director and co-founder of Vertical Skills Academy.  She is an entrepreneurial collaborative problem-solver with a passion for supporting others as they parent or educate the dyslexic children in their lives.  As a highly trained Orton-Gillingham interventionist and seasoned advocate with nearly twenty years of personal and professional experience with students, families, and academic programs, Ms. Kara also provides mentorship, academic coaching, and tutoring.

 

Christine Riedlin

Christine Riedlin

OG Tutor, Reading & Writing

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Michelle Gasser

Michelle Gasser

ELA and OG Tutor

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Coming soon!

Garrett Grigsby

Garrett Grigsby

OG Math

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My name is Garrett Grigsby and I am proud to say that Vertical Skills Academy is where I teach. I have been teaching for 5 years and have known from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and help people. Working with the wonderful students here at Vertical Skills Academy has been a privilege and something that I look forward to every day. I grew up in Evergreen and attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver where I received both a B.A. in History and a Colorado Teaching Licensure in Elementary Education. During my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, riding dirt bikes, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Emily Kemp

Emily Kemp

Tutor, Reading & Writing

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Emily is a longtime member of the Evergreen mountain community. She is a native Coloradan and continues to enjoy living the mountain life. Emily graduated from MetroState University with a Bachelors’s degree in Behavioral Science & Elementary Education. Her passion for helping children succeed led her into the education field where she found her niche in literacy intervention. She hopes to create a fun & exciting learning environment for her students so they can develop a life long love of learning. Emily, her husband, and their two daughters are excited to be apart of the VSA family. 

Jen Halsall

Jen Halsall

OG Tutor

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Jen is a Colorado native, born in Steamboat Springs. She has taught many ages, from pre-school to adults and is a certified advanced level Therapeutic Horseback Riding instructor. She has a degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Bachelors’s in Psychology from Wittenberg University in Ohio. She has had training in Beginning and Advanced Orton Gillingham and was a 1:1 tutor at Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexia in 2018. She is also advocating for all kids with dyslexia in Jeffco, working towards change at the district level for dyslexia awareness and training through JeffcoKID. Jen will be tutoring 1:1 at VSA, as a part-time tutor this year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and playing outdoors with her 2 kids and 2 dogs, Tigger and Gypsy.
Mindy Russell

Mindy Russell

OG Tutor

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My name is Mindy and I’m Dyslexic! My passion is driven by my personal struggles with dyslexia and the lack of support available for my difference in learning. I went into teaching to make a change in education. I don’t want any child that struggles with the same disability to go through life feeling like they are not smart simply because the public education system wasn’t set up to meet their needs. Sadly, in the four years that I was pursuing my Special Education degree, Dyslexia wasn’t even mentioned in the curriculum! Nor was there available training for a masters degree in Dyslexia Education at the time I was seeking it. Luckily, I was able to find Joyce Bilgrave, an Orton-Gillingham expert, was trained, and am able to make the difference in teaching that I wish I had when I was growing up. I am also a parent of a child with Dyslexia and have a full understanding of what parents struggle with when trying to get the services their child needs. I am a lifetime learner and enjoy learning from my children, my students, and members of my community. Someday, I would love to take my kids to Lake Powell on a houseboat. My dream vacation would be picking sea glass off of the shore on a beach in California.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Lindsay Lesch

Lindsay Lesch

Board Vice President

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Ms. Lesch is the owner and primary tutor for Academic Ascents, LLC is located in Frisco, Colorado. Originally from Maine, she graduated from the University of Maine, where she earned a B.S. in Special Education. She then pursued her certification as an Orton-Gillingham tutor through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. She has been working with students in a school setting, summer camps, and as a private tutor for over ten years. She is now certified as a Dyslexia Practitioner through the International Dyslexia Association and has earned her Masters Certificate in Dyslexia Studies and Language-Based Learning Disabilities from Southern New Hampshire University.

In addition to her tutoring endeavors, Ms. Lesch has seven years of teaching experience as a Special Education teacher. She is dually certified as both a Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21) and as an Elementary Education Teacher (Grades K-6) Her passion is to help every student experience success, especially in academic areas that are challenging. By working with every student to help them identify their individual learning strengths and needs, she empowers students to maintain a positive perspective despite the challenges they face in school. Additionally, she hosts workshops for parents, teachers, and community members to develop a greater awareness of Dyslexia in the schools and community.

Angie Wulff

Angie Wulff

Board Member

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Angie Wulff has been teaching children and adults for over 20 years.  She has a Masters in Educational Psychology, a teaching license in K-12 Moderate Needs (students with learning differences), and an advanced degree in library science.  She is also a board certified Life Coach with a focus in ADHD (Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disability- especially executive functioning skills).  She was a teacher and librarian at Conifer High School, Bergen Valley Elementary and most recently at Jefferson County Open School (JCOS).  

Currently, in addition to being an Success Coach/Tutor, she enjoys substituting at VSA and JCOS.  This is her first year on the board at VSA.  Her passion is helping students to become confident and successful in their academic lives.  

Heather Fleming

Heather Fleming

Board Member

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Coming soon!

Colleen Skates

Colleen Skates

Buisness Manager

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Colleen has been a mountain-area resident since 1995 and is originally from Massachusetts. In May 2013, Colleen earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado Denver. Her professional experience is in the management of education-related nonprofit organizations. In her spare time, of which there is little, she loves spending time with her family and dog, especially hiking the areas near her home in Evergreen.

Get In Touch

Location: 32156 Castle Ct, Suite 201, Evergreen, CO 80439

Telephone: (303) 562-1900

Email: info@verticalskillsacademy.org

School Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 3:00pm